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Benghazi 14, Stevens 9, Libya 7, U.s. 5, Washington 4, Charlene Lamb 3, Greg Palkot 3, Smith 3, Chris Stevens 3, Obama Administration 2, Sgst 2, Moammar Khadafy 2, America 1, California 1, John Bolton 1, Bret Baier 1, Obama 1, Geico 1, Navy 1, Gs Navy 1,
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  FOX News    The Journal Editorial Report    News/Business. Paul Gigot discusses news,  
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    October 21, 2012
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did the administration have any00 up? >> they panned i could. >> can you briefly speak to us about the attack? >> this is not the appropriate time. >> we are in a stronger position today than we were four years ago. >> does the obama administration have a problem calling it by its name. >> the suggestion that anybody on my team would play politics or mislead is offensive. >> would you have protected ambassador stevens? special report, investigations, death and deceit in benghazi.
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from washington, d.c., here is bret baier. >> it looked like this election was all about the economy, but that changed when terrorists murdered four americans at the united states consulate in benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11. americans had questions. who did this and how? should our government have seen it coming? did president obama tried to hide the truth? is this a huge scandal that exposes a failed obama foreign policy? is mitt romney just saying it is. tonight we'll try to give you answers. we'll walk you step by step through the terror of that day and break down the political maneuvering that has followed. we begin with a series of frightening developments and troubling decisions leading up to that horrific night. it's a story you haven't heard. it's told by a man who tried to
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prevent what happened on september 11th, 2012. >> did you have a close relationship with the ambassador? >> i lived and worked with him for two months when he came on to the time i left, yeah. >> bret: no one understands more the full extent the fiasco that killed stevens. he worked with him for six months before his violent death. 24-year special forces veteran, woods' job was try to prevent such an attack occurring. >> that was my first reaction that ambassador stevens had been killed. i was angry. >> bret: why have you come forward? >> it was the hub of everything that was going on there. >> bret: we begin our story in the winter of 2011. colonel moammar khadafy is still
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in power but rebels are gaining control over much of libya. february 25th the u.s. state department withdraws all the personnel from the capital but six weeks later, april 5th, it sends stevens with a 12-man team by chartered boat to benghazi now under rebel control. as special representative to the rebels, stevens set up shop in the hotel. june 1st, 2011, a car bomb explodes in the parking lot in front of that hotel. steents academy his team decide it's too dangerous to stay there. in august, stevens and his team have a compound on the west side of city. >> it was rented from an owner who had a nice villa and several out buildings there. >> not a lot of security. >> inside the walls, four buildings, one is a large
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residence with a number of bedrooms in it. another residence has a cantina where the staff eats. across wait is what they call their tactical operations center built for staff, phones and security monitors. finally the barracks a small house by the main gate. it will house a libyan security force. october 20th, moammar khadafy is captured and killed. >> revolutions, killing goes on. while scores are being settled. sometimes it was revenge killing back and forth. there was still fighting going on. >> with khadafy gone, he will spend mop of his time there but he he'll come to been gas si often. they upgrade physical security. charlene lamb. >> the concrete, barbed wire and
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razor wire. >> inside the large residence a fortified save shaven built. you enter through a heavy melt grill. >> tell me about this safe haven >> barred on the windows. you are basically building a jail cell. it's a delay until you can get some relief to get out of there. >> security on the compound consists of five diplomatic security special agents and four members of the libyan government security force called the 17th february brigade. former u.n. ambassador john bolton. >> it is the responsibility of host governments to provide security for all diplomatic establishments. from the u.s. point of view we have to recognize that some countries are better able to do that than others. when you are in a high threat environment we have to do what is necessary to protect our personnel on the ground. >> bret: there is more security
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at is what called the annex, a mile away. based in tripoli and moving around the country is a department of defense site security team. february 12th, 2012, lieutenant colonel wood who joined the utah national guard after two decades in personality forces arrives in libya as the new commander. >> it had 16 members zbloobtsd what did they do? >> site security operations that had extra skills. >> bret: could a team that small make a difference? >> caliber of individuals on the team were the best in the united states inventory. they could make a difference in any fire fight. >> the problem that sst is slated on end the tour by summer's end and the security situation is taking an ominous
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turn. >> spring of 2012 this was an uptick in terror attacks in libya? >> that is true. the nature of things started to change. when i first got on the ground, there was a lot of lawlessness going back and forth. as things progressed. commotion settled down but the targeted attacks seemed to pick up. >> bret: april 6th a bomb is tossed over the wall. benghazi compound. june 6th, an ide is placed on the compounds north gate. no one is injured in either incident. that is not the case five days later. june 11th, a convoy transporting great britain's ambassador is ambushed in been gas georgia si. two of his security aides are. >> clearly that was terrorist attack? >> we conducted an investigation a couple days afterwards and walk the ground and took photographs and examined the
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vehicle. they knew what they were doing. it was definitely an assassination attempt. as i could see it, they were growing stronger we were last thing no o that targeted list. >> there has been 230 security incidents in libya. what is apparent to woods, terrorists are working on increasingly bigger plots. >> i had seen this before that, they were bombing, i say a series of things going on. it was clear to me they were building towards additional attacks. >> that is why wood and eric nordstrom the regional security officer implored the state department to keep woods sgst force in libya beyond the -- sst force beyond the departure. >> we were requesting to keep the security that we had. that was being taken away.
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>> bret: so you want to keep your team on the ground, the team that was in place. >> my team was only a small part. there was msd, state department msd. >> that stands for mobile security detachment team. >> a lot of those are ex-green beret, gs navy seals. there was three teams when i got on the ground there. >> august 5th, the state department decides not to keep the sst in libya. and the msd team is being reduced, as well. >> who opposed it? >> charlene lamb. she denied the requests or didn't fill in. >> why was that? you knew about all these other attacks? >> we had been training local libyans and arming them. >> let me interrupt. >> why do you think the request
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was denied? >> i really don't know. >> in the case of the sgst, that would have provided by state department. state department didn't have to pay money. i can't imagine why. that was coming out of the congressional investigations. >> were you flabbergasted. what can we do. >> we can't even keep what we had. >> i think what was motivating the state department if we had security that would have truly been appropriate it would have been admission that conditions on the ground were not safe. that would have violated the view this was an administration success. >> lift libya in august less than a month before the attack. how did you feel about the security situation when you left? >> i didn't like it. >> bret: september 10th, the
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ambassador chris stevens arrives for a full day of meetings. his first trip since woods security team left the country. >> going to a dangerous place like benghazi but he knew it, didn't he? >> yes, he knew, but high went anyway because in his heart the mission came first first. >> bret: september 11th, 2012 a mob gathers at the u.s. embassy in cairo egypt and scales the walls and burns the american flag. the explanation is they are angry over an obscure video produced in california. meanwhile, something else is going on in benghazi. at about 5:00 p.m. eastern time the first reports about an attack come across the wire. it won't be until morning until america learns how serious that is. >> we just weren't there. >> if you were, could you have
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protected ambassador stevens. >> when we return, special report investigates is on the scene in benghazi. what happened that night? greg palkot has the story of heroism and disaster. hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios
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>>. >> bret: details are still coming out about what happened in benghazi on september 11th, in off camera hearings and congressional hearings and special reports has investigated at well. greg palkot went to benghazi himself. there he talked to eyewitnesses and scoured the abandoned compound for additional clues. now, he pulls it all together and walks you through a timeline of terror you won't soon forget. >> september 11th, 2012, morning the u.s. ambassador chris
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stevens has a full day of meetings ahead of him. since this is 11th anniversary of al-qaeda attacks he schedules all of them inside the mission walls in benghazi. he takes his last meeting with the turkish consul general. 8:30 p.m. he escorts him to main gate. he returns inside. >> at this point, outside the main gate of the compound on the other side of the u.s. mission walls in benghazi neighborhood all is quiet. no stirring of any protests. no sign of the real hell about to unfold. >> in fact the ambassador decides to turn in for the night. 9:00 p.m., no sign of any spontaneous demonstration over that web video. a protest the obama administration would later suggest escalade in a deadly riot. joining stevens in the main building is information
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management officer sean smith and four special agents. another agent is at the nearby tactical operations center. all these agents are armed with pistols. 9:40 p.m. this amateur video apparently captures the first movement outside the compound. >> mad mob of attackers break through here, a weak point in the defense of mission and move on here to the understaffed militia barracks. they storm the place, they torch it up and light up cars around it and move on. >> the fighters are well armed and organized. flying the radical islamist flag. agent in the operations center is seeing scoring of men pouring into the compound. >> a diplomatic security agent working in the tactical operations center activated the imminent danger notification system. >> charlene lamb was working that night in washington.
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so she could follow the events in realtime. >> he also alerted the quick reaction security team stationed nearby. libyan 17th brigade. embassy in tripolir and command center in washington. >> reporter: back here in the main residence, special agent comes here and gets ambassador stevens from his bedroom and brings him to this room in the safe haven, really with medicine and other supplies, a big dark windowless cloud. then outside a locked gated. >> he radios the others in the compound to say they are fine. other security agents are scram amid gunshots and explosions. as two of them head back to the main residence, they are cut off. they decide to go back and barricade themselves in. >> there are seven americans at
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three different locations. they are in the main residence, two special agents at the special residence and here tactical operations center, two more agents. attackers all around. >> one group penetrates the small residence. they don't get to the agents and eventually leave. >> inside the main residence as the different story. attackers come in here and ransack the place and they go for the locked gates. though look inside, it's dark and they can't see anything. they can't open it up. inside agent rubin has a gun trained on them ready to shoot if need be. >> as lieutenant andrew woods it's only safe for a short time. >> its delay for aggressive group. >> that some of them may have been his elite security team but they were pulled out of the country. they were trapped.
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by killers who poured diesel fuel light it and leave. >> when we come back the trapped americans tried desperately to escape. ♪
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>>. >> bret: before the break, greg palkot told you how the terrorists overran the compound. they were pinned down in three locations. three of those people including chris stiewts have locked themselves in so-called safe haven constructed in one of those buildings. they can't break in. so they set the place ablaze. once again from benghazi. here is greg palkot. >> reporter: it's around 10:00
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p.m. the entire safe haven is black with thick smoke and fumes. ambassador stevens thof to a bathroom within the safe area. they try to open it. there is too much smoke. they drop to the floor trying to get air but even down there they can't breathe. they try to leave the safe haven and take their chances. >> fighting the heat and smoke they find another window grill they can open. this is the window they open and crawls out of but stevens and smith do not crawl out after him. he goes back in and in fact he goes back in several emails. he can't find them. he is overcome with smoke. >> he struggles up a small ladder to the roof of the building and collapses. another agent in full gear emerges from the tactical
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operation center, throwing a smoke grenade he gets two agents out. the three get into an armored vehicle and drive a short distance to the large residence. taking turns they crawl into the residence on their hands and knees feeling their way through the building to try to find their two colleagues. they find smith and pull him out of the building. she dead. now, remember. security team is gone but small unit of security a mile away. six americans and 16 from the libyan militia arrive. some surround the compound. others go in. they are unable to find stevens. by 11:00 the libyan forces say they can no longer hold the perimeter. american agents carrying smith's body exit the main gated. they head for the annex about a merely away. the crowd fires upon them and throws two grenades under their
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vehicle. they take direct fire from ak-47. despite heavy damage to their vehicle they keep rolling. they hit more traffic and busy benghazi neighborhood. it careens over a middle divide ear and finally makes it to the annex and again hope for safety. sometime after midnight, they enter the building and find the body slumped on the floor. they don't know who he is. they drag him out through a window. his eyesed eyes are dazed. someone is breathing. the crowd is cheer. allah akbar, god a great. >> and ambassador stevens is brought by car here to the benghazi medical center where they try to resuscitate him for 45 minutes. he died of severe aphysical yiax >> the battle is on again. fighters hitting the place with
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ak-47 fire forcing those inside to retreat to a building further back in the annex compound. sometime after one-third a team of reinforcements arrive. they make their way to the annex. they were going into an ambush. around 4:00 a.m. this annex compound is hit by another wave of attacks. round of mortar fire targeting a roof of the building and turns out to be dangerous and deadly. killed in that attack, two security personnel, glen doherty and another navy seal. and another one that injured that tried to save the lives of steven. fighters are repelled. annex a base of operations for sensitive intelligence work striking militants in eastern
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libya is secured. >> 8:30 a.m., september 12th the second plane leaves with the bodies of ambassador stevens, schmidt and odor her at this and woods. andrew wood says the security team would have made a difference. >> it was the job to protect the ambassador if something happened. it was our job to defend the compound and engage those targets. >> chris stevens was the first u.s. ambassador killed on duty in more than three decades. september 11th, 2012 was a tragedy that will long be remembered. then the story moves back to washington. what followed the fog of war and attempted cover-up or something else? special report investigates
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